You know those people who go to "expos" and huge "conferences"? (Yes I'm also referring to Star Trek conventions... I mean I DID bring up that I am a fan last post). I was always pretty sure they were UBER committed. Like it was a SIGN when you attended one of these. Kinda like when my dad used to drag us to Ducks Unlimited... Or when we got tipsy and went to the "sexpo" in Montreal (THAT was a kick!).
This past Sunday Halifax hosted an "eco-expo", and we went. I am not officially a geek, not only did we go but I actually ranted to a few vendors!! AND I took pictures for all you lovely peeps! Sad, I know.
(awesome F150 extended cab "eco" truck outside the expo. NICE)
Speaking of sad, I'm pretty sure, even though I haven't been to any eco-expos before (I swear!) that this one was pretty darn... sparse. However, in true maritime style there was local BEER (yum) and huge displays of whales.
Yep, although the entire event was powered by Bullfrog sustainably sourced power, I thought it was a bit much to have GIANT blown up, nylon whales hanging out. Still couldn't resist running through while trying to look disdainful and NOT like I was having fun. At all. (ok, I am excited to run through...)
Probably my favourite parts of the expo were in this order:
1. No-water Urinals. YES- nestled in a tiny display with scooters and some other thing (really, after the urinals who cares?) were these sans-water urinals. I totally wanted to take a picture, but became quite self-conscious when the lady saw us prance up excitedly and proceeded to inform us on the environmental benefits of using gravity instead of water to bring the urine down. Only downside- weird replaceable plastic deal that needs to be thrown out every so six months. I was THIS close to taking a picture of Andrew and the urinal, but chickened out. The lady had flare that said: "Pee Green"...
2. Meeting Deux Fm designer. Almost felt like meeting a famous person. Seriously fantastic clothing. She even said she had been sneaking out back to do the "baby- p-u-m-p thing" all afternoon.
3. Getting free stuff from Green Beaver rep. It was fun as he obviously was not from the maritimes, talked fast and was a sales rep to the nines. He thought it was hilarious that every time he told people to "try some lip balm" they took cautious hand-dabs with the testers and didn't get that he meant take a FREE ONE. I guess in Toronto they grab the entire display. Oh polite Maritimers. (free vegan lipbalm!)
4. Chatting with the lady from HRM's organics systems. I got to be all annoying and ask her why bio-plastics and "compostable" coffee cups weren't being accepted into the municipality's compost system. She had some pretty interesting insights, which I will blog about in more detail in the near future. I also *told* on the local companies and their theories of passive overloading... She was not pleased.
5. Chatting with the ladies from Olivier Soap company. I heard them speaking French and moseyed on over with Jen. After a few translation moments Jen pointed out that I spoke French... which led to some confused and sheepish explanations as to why my accent was weird enough that I was just speaking in English. Seems that the ladies from Ste Anne New Brunswick were having NONE of that. So after I finally caved and started my "montreal" hard earned accent and gave a few examples of "par-en-bas" French they kinda stopped harassing me. Really, two years of things like asking the GAP lady to "arrumer mon manteau" (who knew that arrumer was the archaic way of saying "arranger"???) I was tired of explaining myself. (stern unhappy face at the air generator for the giant waste of energy)
This soap company has a fantastic website and is all hand made. I bought some shampoo in the HOPES that it would fare better than BISH has so far. I KNOW, I was all excited about BISH.... but sadly this has failed along with the rest and has been delegated to awesome body wash.
I'm giving this new shampoo a week and will update you all on the entire affair.
So, the end result was this minimal "booty" (I refused a LOT of paper hand outs and was especially disgusted by the Majesta plastic wrapped individual TP) including yummy local "winter" beer and a sticker... and a feeling like "YEA" I'm doing my part. I even got to snag a new yoga card although the Yogini wasn't around... Halima!
Weird but true. Perhaps I would have enjoyed the craziness of a Star Trek convention better. At least I could have dressed up.... lol.
Yes for nerd-dom. And if you needed any further validation of how nerdom=awesome, check out this fantastical video- nerds vs jocks at some presidential dealy. I laughed out loud several times... please tell me I wasn't the only one?
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